Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Creative number-crunching

My brother is an artist who makes works out of data. He has been recording his latitude and longitude every hour on the hour for the past decade and has created several artworks based on this information. He's also plotted the approximate location of every member of our immediately family, plus his wife, my husband, and now our children, for the past 10 years as well, and created works from them too (one is pictured).

So every January he asks me where we've been the previous year. I just tallied it all up for him.

I took 13 overnight trips this year:
6 with the whole family
3 with one child
3 with friends
1 with my husband
1 alone

That's 45 nights away and 34 airplane flight segments, but only 4 hotel stays. Five were business trips, but all of those also included good friends and good food so I feel guilty even calling them business trips (not guilty enough not to submit a T&E, though. Somebody had to pay for the Internet access at the W).

I went to New York four times, Chicago three times, and my husband's hometown three times. I went to two places I'd never been before (Atlanta and Minneapolis). I went to two places I've lived before (New York and my parents' town).

And I also learned there's a whole world out there left to see. Miles to go in '08 (or at least San Francisco). See you there ... or somewhere.

10 comments:

jen said...

i love this. that, and that you'll be in my neck of the woods for a certain hoopla in the summer.

mothergoosemouse said...

I think of your bro each time I look at a Magnadoodle. His art is incredibly unique and thoughtful.

Did you include our one night sojourn in Chicago last February?

GHD said...

That sounds like an interesting project and LOTs of miles to track...

PunditMom said...

Wow, I have some serious travel I need to do to catch up!

Magpie said...

Wow. I never go anywhere. I was on a plane once (well, round trip) in 2007.

Magpie said...

And, your brother's work is cool.

Binkytown said...

So where are you going this year? I'll be living vicariously through you..

Lara said...

i will definitely see you in SF, since i live only about 40 minutes from there. i'm so thrilled blogher is coming to me! :)

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

THAT IS SO FREAKING COOL. Your brother rocks.

Lady M said...

That's a lot of travel! I haven't been on the road much for work this year, since I joined a video conferencing product line - we're supposed to use our own product. ;)

Can't wait to see you in July 08. We'll have a guest room!